A sandy paradise
01.08.2009 - 03.08.2009 24 °C
Next stop on our East Coast trail was Hervey Bay. We'd love to be able to write something interesting about this town, but it turned out to be just a gateway to Fraser Island.
Fraser Island is the largest sand island in the world. It is so special because of it's unique ecology; out of the sand grows thick wooded areas and rainforests, and there are even freshwater lakes, something that shouldn't actually be possible on sand. We were on a two day guided tour of the island and were driven around by Alan on a very robust 4x4 bus. Our guide was fantastic and we saw so many of all the little wonders on the island. We swam in the utterly gorgeous and crystal clear waters of Lake McKenzie (despite it being freezing cold). The sand is pure white due to it's high silica content, which makes it great for polishing silver jewellery. Later that day at dusk we took an eerie walk through part of the rainforest. Some of the trees are hundreds of years old and so big that it is hard to know how they remain upright in the sand.
The second day was spent hurtling uo and down the 75 Mile Beach and ploughing precariously through bumpy sand dunes to get to spots that most other vehicles could not reach. The highlight was walking to the top of Indian Head and sitting on the very edge of the cliff and spotting tiger sharks and manta rays in the ferocious seas below. We even saw the acrobatic displays of the migrating humpback whales leaping out of the water in the distance.
Fraser Island has definitely been the highlight of our stay in Australia so far, as there is no other place like it in the world.